Thursday, November 15, 2012

Qualcomm Sharpens IZat Location platform

Qualcomm Atheros rolled out a number of enhancements to its "IZat" location platform to bring precise indoor positioning capabilities to mobile phones, tablets and network infrastructure. The company has formed a strategic relationship with Cisco, which is working to optimize the indoor positioning capabilities of its Mobility Services Engine to enhance service discovery and location-based apps in public venues such as shopping malls, retail chains, hotels, airports, hospitals, college campuses, entertainment destinations and enterprises.

The goal of IZat indoor location is to deliver new and compelling consumer experiences in public places and help open revenue streams in the retail, travel, entertainment and hospitality industries.

IZat is based on multiple Qualcomm technologies, including cellular, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), Wi-Fi, sensor and cloud-based assistance solutions, as well as the industry’s most widely deployed location core, already found in more than one billion devices on mobile networks worldwide.

The new enhancements provide indoor location capabilities on a large number of mobile devices. The company said it can achieve more precise positioning (within 3-5 meters) inside buildings.

The Qualcomm IZat Indoor Positioning Software debuted on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors, including the MSM8960 Pro and APQ8064 coupled with the MDM9x15.

“By coupling the industry’s leading mobile platform with enterprise-class Wi-Fi networking capabilities, Qualcomm is providing a solution that addresses the entire end-to-end indoor location framework. We are delivering the key elements of the indoor location ecosystem in collaboration with other technology leaders to offer more compelling mobile experiences for consumers and businesses alike," said Amir Faintuch, senior vice president and general manager, consumer business unit, Qualcomm Atheros.

Huawei Confirms Role in Telcel's LTE Launch in Mexico

Huawei confirmed that América Móvil has deployed its LTE equipment in the network of Telcel Mexico.

Telcel is using Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution to build a Heterogenous Network (HetNet), which will greatly enhance network spectrum utilization and end-user data transfer speeds.  During the launch ceremony earlier this month, Huawei's Ascend P1 smartphone and Huawei's LTE broadband modem E397 device were also displayed.

Telcel's initial rollout covers parts of nine cities, with plans to expand to 26 markets next year to reach 65% of the country's population.

Telcel's LTE service officially launched on 06-November-2012 in Mexico DF, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Querétaro, Puebla, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, Hermosillo and Mérida. Ericsson is the key LTE supplier for the Telcel network in Mexico.  Ericsson's contract covers deployment of RBS6000 base stations for LTE in multiple bands.  The deal also includes the Evolved Packet Core with Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user data management and SGSN-MME as the mobility management entity that handles control signaling and traffic and can be used for all three generations of mobile data services. Ericsson will also deliver Operating Support Systems (OSS).

NGNCo Begins Rollout in Western Australia

NBN Co has begun installing fibre in Western Australia for its new access network.  The first installation in this part of the country is occurring in Geraldton, a port city about 400km north of Perth.

In addition to Geraldton, work is under planning or construction in the following suburbs: Beachlands, West End, Rangeway, Mount Tarcoola, Karloo, Deepdale, Utakarra, Wonthella, Beresford, Webberton, Strathalbyn, Bluff Point, Woorree and Spalding.

NBN Co is aiming for construction in these suburbs to be completed throughout 2013.

"Access to high speed broadband can help to breakdown the tyranny of distance for Australian's living and working in the largest state. It has the potential to re-energise rural and remote communities and regional cities by allowing people to access new business markets, education options, cultural opportunities and a world of new entertainment right from their lounge rooms or offices," stated NBN Co spokesperson Trent Williams.

Cisco to Acquire Cloupia for Cloud Automation Software

Cisco agreed to acquire Cloupia, a start-up focused on Cloud Automation and Management Software, for approximately $125 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Cloupia, which is based in Santa Clara, California, provides tools to automate converged data center infrastructure.  The Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) is a vendor-neutral, multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud provisioning and management solution that provides physical and virtual infrastructure control, management and monitoring via single pane of glass.  The company said this enables organizations to build their own internal private clouds as well as manage public clouds.

Cisco said Cloupia’s software enhances its own Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio with this single pane-of-glass view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources.  Cloupia's employees will be integrated into Cisco's Data Center Group.

“Cisco’s data center strategy is based on the premise of making it easier for customers to deploy a unified and integrated infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and flexible,” said David Yen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Data Center Business Group. “This strategy involves the delivery of the industry’s most comprehensive data center networking portfolio, which includes physical and virtual products that support multiple hypervisors and storage stacks. The addition of Cloupia’s automation software enhances the efficiency of such unified data center infrastructures, helping to accelerate the transition from physical to cloud environments more quickly and effectively.”

  • Cloupia was founded in 2009 by Raju Datla (CEO), who was previously the founder of Jahi Networks (also acquired by Cisco), and Raju Penmetsa (CTO), Bhaskar Krishnamsetty (SVP of Products & Marketing), Murali Alapati (VP of Engineering), and Kevin S. Lim (VP of User Experience).

Smile Picks Alcatel-Lucent for LTE in Uganda

Smile has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy LTE in Uganda.  Earlier this year, Smile selected Alcatel-Lucent for LTE in Tanzania.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its end-to-end 4G LTE network operating in the 800 MHz frequency band. Alcatel-Lucent will provide its leading services expertise including integration of its 4G LTE equipment with other vendor’s existing network equipment and network maintenance.

MetroPCS Deploys Acme Packet to Scale VoLTE and RCS

MetroPCS has installed Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director session border controller to support its VoLTE and Rich Communications Services.  

Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director provides SIP normalization, mediation, and interworking functions that enable operators to integrate network elements supplied by multiple vendors.  Specifically, the company said its solution protects and controls SIP sessions between the MetroPCS service core and LTE endpoints, and provides the Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) in the IMS network. 

Acme Packet noted that these VoLTE and RCS initiatives extend its relationship with MetroPCS, which started with the management of SIP interconnects with other service providers.

Telstra Hires Ex Vodafone Exec

Telstra has appointed Karsten Wildberger as Group Managing Director, Consumer.

Mr Wildberger was most recently partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and a core member of the Telecoms, Media and High Tech Practice. He previously served as Chief Commercial Officer for Vodafone in Romania whilst also acting as interim CEO at Vodafone.

Mr Wildberger’s experience also extends to Deutsche Telekom in Germany where he was Executive Vice President, Channel Management, T-Mobile Germany.